Season 2, Episode 2
Everybody Loves A Clown
Mom, you know these guys?
"About me and dad. I'm sorry that the last time I was with him I tried to pick a fight. I'm sorry that I spent most of my life angry at him. I mean, for all I know he died thinking that I hate him. So you're right. What I'm doing right now, it's too little. It's too late. (pause) I miss him, man. And I feel guilty as hell. And I'm not all right. Not at all. But neither are you. That much I know."
- Sam to Dean
Written by John Shiban.
Directed by Philip Sgriccia.
Airdate: October 5, 2006.
Sam and Dean meet a friend of their father who owns the Harvelle Roadhouse in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
She tells them about a case in Medford, Wisconsin,
involving a circus clown spotted before vicious murders.
The brothers are still reeling from their father's death. While pursuing their father's research on the Yellow-Eyed Demon
, Sam and Dean discover the Roadhouse, a bar frequented by hunters in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Ellen Harvelle
owns the Roadhouse. Her daughter Jo
works there. Ash
is a regular patron and a genius who offers to help track the Yellow-Eyed Demon. Ellen has collected information on a rakshasa,
a supernatural creature
that takes the form a clown in Medford, Wisconsin. Sam and Dean take this case, forcing them to work at a carnival.
For this episode = 4 humans and 1 rakshasa
For the series so far = At least 149 humans; 11 ghosts; 3 vampires; 1 demon; 1 god; 1 rakshasa; 1 rawhead; 1 shapeshifter; 1 shtriga; and 1 wendigo.
Tropes appearing in this episode:
- Amusement Park of Doom: Cooper Carnival.
- Bare Your Midriff: Jo Harvelle.
- The Bechdel Test: Failed. The Harvelles only talk to each other about the Winchester boys or Ash.
- Bonding Over Missing Parents: Jo lost her father when she was young, which comes up when she is talking with Dean.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Ash may be a genius, but he has lots of quirks.
- He first appears passed out on a pool table and sleeping through a fight.
- He has a mullet, earring in his left ear, and wears a vest without a shirt.
- He lapses into Spock Speak interspersed with profanity.
- He drinks the rest of Dean's beer after Dean leaves it on the bar.
- Continuity Nod:
Sam: Well, at least I'm not afraid of flying.
Dean: Planes crash!
Sam: And apparently clowns kill!
- Curse Cut Short:
Ash: Clowns? What the f-
- Cute Bruiser: Jo Harvelle.
Dean to Jo: You're not gonna hit me again, are you?
- Deggans Rule: Failed.
- '80s Hair: Ash's mullet.
Dean: I, uh, I dig the haircut.
Ash: All business up front, party in the back.
- Genius Bruiser: Ash was kicked out of MIT for fighting.
- Good Guy Bar: The Harvelle's Roadhouse.
- Hall of Mirrors: In the fun house.
- Horror Hunger: The rakshasa eats flesh.
- Hurting Hero: Dean.
Dean: Dude, I'm okay. I'm okay, okay? I swear, the next person who asks me if I'm okay, I'm going to start throwing punches.
- Ignore The Disability:
- Dean does this with the blind knife thrower.
Dean: Excuse me, we're looking for a Mr. Cooper, have you seen him around?
Knife thrower pulling off his glasses to show cataract eyes: What is that, some kind of joke?
- Dean compounds the problem with a little person.
Dwarf in red cape: Hey buddy, what's your problem?
Dean: Nothing, it's just a little misunderstanding.
Dwarf in red cape: Little?! You son of a bitch!
- Invisible to Adults: The rakshasa.
- Knife Nut: The rakshasa.
- Knife-Throwing Act: Luckily for Dean, the rakshasa seems more interested in pinning Dean to the wall by his clothes, than causing fatal cuts.
- Kryptonite Factor: The rakshasa can be killed with a brass knife.
- Little People Are Surreal
- Lonely Funeral: Only his sons are at John Winchester's funeral.
- Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places: This trait seems to be common in the hunter community.
You know, I thought you were gonna toss me some cheap pickup line. (Dean chuckles, embarrassed) Most hunters come through that door think they can get in my pants with some... pizza, a six pack, and side one of Zeppelin IV
- Ludicrous Precision:
Ash: But it's gonna take time, uh, give me... fifty one hours.
Dean (to Sam): You know what? You're right. Come here. I'm gonna lay my head gently on your shoulder. Maybe we can cry, hug, and maybe even slow dance.
- Monster Clown
- Not-So-Imaginary Friend: The parents think the clown is a product of childish imagination.
- OOC Is Serious Business: Dean starts to hit on Jo, but does not follow through as he is still grieving for his father.
- And then at the end, when he starts hitting the Impala.
- Or Are You Just Happy to See Me?: When Jo presses a rifle against Dean's back:
Dean: "Oh God please let that be a rifle."
- Percussive Therapy: Dean taking a crowbar to a car's window and then smashes up the Impala's trunk.
- Portent of Doom:
There are non-parametrics, statistical overviews, prospects and correlations, I mean.. damn! They're signs. Omens. Uh, if you can track 'em, you can track this demon. You know, like crop failures, electrical storms
... You ever been struck by lightning
? It ain't fun.
- Prophet Eyes: The blind knife thrower.
- Dean's reaction to Ash's appearance.
You've gotta be kidding me, this guy's no genius. He's a Lynyrd Skynyrd
Dean: I mean, come on, you still bust out crying whenever you see Ronald McDonald on the television.
Ash: I'm on it like Divine on dog dookie.
- Single Tear: Dean as he watches his father's body burn.
- Southern-Fried Genius: Ash.
- Taking Up The Mantle: Sam now seems determined to do what their father would have wanted, while Sam was often at odds with John while he was alive.
- Tick Tock Tune: "Time Has Come Today" by The Chambers Brothers plays over The Road So Far.
- Titled After the Song: By Gary Lewis & The Playboys.
- Vampire Invitation: This is why the rakshasa appears to the children as a clown.
- Viking Funeral: The Winchester brothers burn their father's body on a funeral pyre.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Dean references this when Sam announces that the Monster of the Week is a clown:
Dean: "I know what you're thinking, Sam. Why did it have to be clowns?"
- Sam is visibly nervous when he sees a little person in a clown outfit, has to sit in a clown chair, and passes two hobo clowns.
- Wouldn't Hurt a Child: The rakshasa kills the parents, but leaves the child unharmed.